Grace and Mercy. These two words are often used together in the New Testament.
Detailed definitions are often given in word studies and commentaries about the meanings and differences in grace and mercy. However, my friend and preaching colleague, Ken Green, posted the following on facebook that says it very eloquently.
Mercy withholds the punishment we rightly deserve. Grace not only withholds that punishment, but offers the most precious gifts instead.
Mercy withholds the knife from the heart of Isaac. Grace provides a ram in the thicket.
Mercy runs to forgive the Prodigal Son. Grace throws an extravagant party for him.
Mercy bandages the wounds of the man beaten by robbers. Grace covers the cost of his recovery.
Mercy hears the cry of the thief on the cross. Grace promises paradise that very day.
Mercy pays the penalty for our sin at the cross. Grace provides unsearchable riches as an inheritance.
Mercy stops Paul on the road to Damascus. Grace calls him to be an apostle.
Mercy closes the door to Hell. Grace opened the door to Heaven.
Mercy withholds what we have earned. Grace provides blessings we have not earned.
On this Lord’s day may we seek God’s grace and mercy.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman